We’re now less than two weeks away from the Dancing With the Stars Season 28 premiere! Even though the partnerships for the season aren’t being officially revealed until the first episode, we’ve done some sleuthing around the internet and we think we’ve cracked the code as to who will be dancing with whom this fall!
Daniella Karagach and Keo Motsepe are the “Rotating” Pros
In a Sirius XM radio interview, DWTS host Tom Bergeron revealed new pro-Daniella and recent finalist Keo would be the two pros without partners this season, instead of dancing in pro numbers and bumpers and being on hand to fill in for a sick or injured pro if need be.
It makes sense that Daniella would be sidelined since she’s new and all, but Keo did so great last season, placing third with celeb partner Evanna Lynch. What is DWTS thinking not giving him a partner for Season 28?
Ray Lewis and Cheryl Burke
We didn’t need to go digging to figure this partnership out. Ray flat-out announced it on the news!
Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson
As explained in our initial partnership clues article, Kel and Witney posted on social media about meeting their partners around the same time on Monday, August 26, and Kel also followed both Witney and her husband, Carson on Instagram that day. And sure enough, Dance Network soon confirmed the two of them to be a team. Classic rookie mistake for a celeb to make when trying to keep DWTS partnerships quiet, but thanks for the info, Kel!
Karamo Brown and Jenna Johnson
Karamo referred to Jenna as his ideal partner in the video below…
…and based on this Instagram video, we were pretty sure he got his wish! This partnership was later confirmed by Dance Network.
Lamar Odom and Peta Murgatroyd
Lamar may be pictured with personal trainer Sabrina Parr in the video above, but Dance Network has revealed his dance partner to be Peta, who is returning to DWTS after a few seasons off.
Sean Spicer and Lindsay Arnold
Dance Network has also revealed Sean and Lindsay to be a team.
James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater
We got this one by process of elimination; we know Daniella is the “back-up” female pro, and we know who all of the other male celeb/female pro partnerships consist of, so these two must make up the missing one!
Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten
These two have been spotted leaving rehearsal around the same time, but it was Dance Network who confirmed them to be a pairing.
Christie Brinkley and Val Chmerkovskiy
After the above photos of Val were highly speculated to be taken at Christie’s house, fans learned their suspicions were correct when Dance Network confirmed the two to be a pair.
Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber
This partnership was highly speculated from the get-go seeing as Ally is the shortest female celebrity of the season and Sasha is the shortest male pro. However, what seems to confirm it is the above photo on the left that DWTS posted of Sasha and his mystery partner and the one on the right of Ally outside the rehearsal studio.
Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko
Gleb was seen in Nashville – AKA the stomping grounds of country singer Lauren – around the time partners were starting to meet, and Dance Network soon confirmed the Lauren/Gleb partnership.
Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov
Kate’s mystery partner is mostly covered by emojis in the image above, but you can see that part of the hand holding Kate’s is uncovered, and…it’s white. There are only two male pros left and only one of them is white, so we can infer Kate and Pasha will be dancing together.
Mary Wilson and Brandon Armstrong
That leaves Mary and Brandon. We haven’t heard much from either of them so far, but like some of the other couples they did post that they had met their partners around the same time, and based on all of the evidence about the other couples they’re the one leftover.